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Visa requirement for travel to Suriname not abolished after all

 Contrary to previous reports from the Surinamese government, the visa requirement for visitors to Suriname has not yet been abolished. This was announced on Thursday by the consulate-general of Suriname in Amsterdam.

Surinamese Minister Albert Ramdin of Foreign Affairs announced in mid-April that residents of more than twenty countries would be able to travel to Suriname without a visa from 1 May. However, these travelers still had to pay 50 euros to enter the country.

Abolition of visa requirement

On Thursday, however, the news came that the abolition of the visa requirement has been suspended. A clear reason for this has not yet been given. It is also not clear when visa-free travel to Suriname will become possible.

One of the aims of the abolition of the visa requirement was to attract more tourists. Suriname could use some extra money, because the country is still in the process of paying off the high debt left behind by the Bouterse government.

Except for the Netherlands, the visa requirement would be abolished for travelers from, among others, Belgium, France, England, Aruba, Curaçao, the United States, Canada and China.

Dutch roots

About 400,000 Dutch people have Surinamese roots. The Netherlands has approximately 400,000 Dutch inhabitants with Surinamese roots. for more information. Suriname became independent from the Netherlands on 25 November 1975.

In 1975 alone, about 40,000 inhabitants of Surinam, which had a population of about 360,000 at the time, emigrated to the Netherlands. Emigration was relatively easy. The Netherlands and Suriname had agreed that residents could travel freely between the two countries from 1975 to 1980.


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